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General Information

Name:  Richard Claxton Gregory  

Pen Name: Dick Gregory

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri


Illinois Connection

Gregory attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on a track scholarship. He also lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregory was an author, comedian, and social activist. After returning from the Southern Illinois University after the draft, he decided to move to Chicago to perform comedy professionally. There, he became part of a new generation of black comedians that included Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge.

Gregory also ran for mayor of Chicago in 1965 and was the ''Freedom and Peace Party's'' canidate for President in 1968.

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